Jeremy Lin Tenure Ends with a Grudge: A Fan’s View

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It's a measure of the power of Jeremy Lin's aura that he could generate this amount of conversation and, indeed, vitriol.

Everyone in a New York Knick state of mind is still analyzing the bizarre series of events that resulted in Jeremy Lin becoming a Houston Rocket. It appears that James Dolan, the worst owner in the history of professional sports, allowed Lin to walk because of a grudge he developed when the point guard influenced the Rockets to enhance their offer sheet thereby making it less palatable for the Knicks to sign.

So, because Lin apparently was more interested in leaving Dolan than anyone realized, the worst owner in the history of professional sports allowed his emotions to govern decisions that will certainly impact the basketball team and its fans. He decided to eschew Lin, spinning in a completely different direction than had been publicly declared. Heck, leaving Lin in Houston now makes Jason Kidd's signing appear even more dreadful, useless, and embarrassing. He was originally signed to mentor Lin.

The decision doesn't concern money, because the Knicks could always clear budget room before the dreaded third year of Lin's contract, which would trigger an enormous tax. Plus, Dolan can't possibly lean on finances as an excuse after the money he's tossed around like a drunken fool over the last 15 years or so. No, this was all a grudge. Let's face it, are the Knicks a better team with or without Jeremy Lin? They just gathered up 18 points and seven rebounds a game, and gift-wrapped it for another team. They replaced his presence with Raymond Felton, not the dynamic playmaker that is a game changer. He is, in fact, lost without Mike D'Antoni, getting dumped by two teams in the last year and a half.

How do Knick fans respond to this misuse of the fan dollar? Dolan waited for Carmelo Anthony to enter the building for the first time before elevating ticket prices at a fanatical rate. He must have figured he accomplished his job - now pay up, you desperate, gullible fans. Now, when he could have used some of the money he bled from long-suffering fans to give them a player they universally wanted, he slapped your face.

How, indeed, do you respond?

Glenn Vallach has been a basketball fan, player, and coach during his lifetime and, as such, an ardent follower of the NBA even with all its warts. He have also been a New York Knick fan since the days of Howie Komives and Walt Bellamy, when he regularly boarded the IRT Subway at 180th Street in the Bronx for a trip to the Garden to see his heroes.

Sources:

  • Yahoo! Sports New York Knicks page
  • Yahoo! Sports Jeremy Lin page
  • Yahoo! Sports Raymond Felton page
  • Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports, Rockets land Jeremy Lin after Knicks decline to match offer

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